Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Nephrologist, Movies, Cleaners.

I am not happy. The visit to the specialist was OK. It turns out that I Monitorhave a bit of a dysfunction in my kidneys, at my age it should be at 75% and I am running at 60% which means I might have to have kidney dialysis when I am 120-130 years old, so I'm not worrying about it. He quoted some other stats which I honestly don`t quite remember but I am not worrying about that either. I also have a high uric acid reading which necessitates yet more pills for a couple of months. He took my blood pressure and decided I should be much lower and therefore I should have a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. Don’t like that, but.. what I am really pissed about, the monitor will cost me $60. Matt has had one twice and it cost $50 each time. I know it is not refundable on insurance and I don’t know why the government won’t pay for them. He kept saying “well it’s a $4,000 machine` like I give a damn! I guess to those of you who live in the States, this is nothing, but it is to me. So, as I said, I am not happy. Not that I want to wear one anyway. I think they go off every half hour and every hour at night.  I have to pick up the monitor at 9:30 am and return in 24 hours later. At least it`s not as bad as Matt, his are much earlier in the morning 7:30 I think and it`s also in another town. Oh, and just to add to my current displeasure, I seem to have a UTI again.

I have just rented Gravity and The Butler from iTunes.  I haven’t Gravitywatched them yet of course. Gravity sounds like a pretty scary movie. The Butler is one I was going to see in a theatre and then didn’t get to go in the end. There are a lot of other movies now available, but I wasn’t sure which ones to rent. I know everyone has talked about Thor, but reading the blurb, I’m not too sure about it. After what I read about the Lego movie, I don’t think I will be renting that when it becomes available. Must check some more out later.

I was going to spend today making Tourtières but now I have to go have some bloodwork done this morning and I have the cleaners calling this afternoon. I felt pretty guilty about this, but Matt really wanted our previous cleaner back, she was very, very good, and now she seems so much better and back to normal that we agreed that she would start again on Friday. I apologised profusely to the other couple who have done cleaning for us lately and explained what had happened. They were very reasonable about it. I am getting my keys back. They too were very good at the job but… also a bit more expensive.

I found this on Food Network Canada and thought it sounded really good, the Chestnut sauce in particular appealed to me.

Pan-Roasted Tuscan Chicken with Chestnut Sauce  

serves 4

A terrific and impressive meal that's perfect for both a simple weeknight meal and more extravagant weekend dinner. Tips: For a more adventurous version of this recipe try slicing a lemon very thinly, almost see-through, and inserting a slice under the skin of each breast before cooking. You can find peeled roasted chestnuts in the frozen food section of most grocery stores. Courtesy of



1 tablespoon (15 mL) olive oil
4 (16 oz/450 g) chicken breasts, boneless, skin on
1 ounce (30 g) prosciutto, coarsely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
6-8 peeled and roasted chestnuts, chopped
1 teaspoon (5 mL) fresh thyme, chopped
½ carton (240 mL) Chicken stock.


1. Warm oil in a large heavy bottom oven proof skillet, sear chicken skin side down only, until well browned, about 6-8 minutes. Do not turn chicken breasts over! Transfer to 375°F (190°C) oven and roast for about 20 minutes or until cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and keep warm.
2. Pour off excess oil and add prosciutto and shallots to pan. Sauté over medium-high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add chestnuts and thyme and sauté 3-4 minutes more.
3. Add stock to deglaze pan, scraping any brown bits from bottom of pan, and simmer over medium-high heat until sauce is reduced by half, about 4-5 minutes.
4. Arrange chicken breasts on serving platter or plates and spoon sauce over chicken.

Have a great day


  1. Chestnut sauce? Now that's something I'd love to try. I'm sure I'll love it. Gravity is very good, by the way. Really suspenseful.

    1. Me too Vanessa.

      I thought it would be from the sound of it.

  2. Oh no, sorry to hear you're having a tough time, I can understand though how frustrating it is when insurance won't refund these machines. Hopefully you'll only have to fuss with it once. I saw the movie Gravity and thought it was fantastic, really stressful, but a good movie. Hope the rest of your week goes more smoothly, Jo.

    1. Thanks Elise. It is particularly frustrating when there is no way I can earn that money. I either have it or I don't.

      Good to hear you also enjoyed Gravity.

  3. Hmm, why am I suddenly hearing Chestnuts roasting over an open fire? lol! Sounds pretty and tasty.

    Jo, I could not tell you were pissed at all....much. I'm sorry you're going through all this crap, darlin'. Some of it--problems when you're 120 or 130? cracked me up and you're right, not something on the top of the worry list. Hang in there!

    Sia McKye Over Coffee

  4. Love chestnuts. Do you have any chestnut trees?

    You couldn't? I must have expressed myself poorly then. No, they are not on top of my worry list.

  5. I'm glad your kidney problem is minor. Annoying about the blood pressure monitor though.

    1. He still wants to find out why I have a problem though.

  6. Hi Jo - I hope the health problems ease up for you both. I need to catch up on the movies .. Gravity I think is coming to the two cinema shortly, the Butler I missed, but I'd like to see it ... Saving Mr Banks too ..

    I did see 12 Years a Slave last week and thought it was excellent - I think you need the big screen for it though ...

    Cheers Hilary

    1. Thanks Hilary. I don't go to the movies very often, say I will go alone and never do. Forgot about Saving Mr. Banks, want to see that. I heard 12 years is pretty horrific too.